By Hendrik van der Breggen
Question-begging, golden nuggets, and Jesus' resurrection
Question-begging (a.k.a. circular reasoning) is a mistake in reasoning which occurs when an argument assumes as proven that which is at issue. The conclusion, which is the claim in dispute, is used/ assumed as a premise, which is provided as support for the claim in dispute—so the disputed claim is provided as support for itself.
- Miracles violate nature's laws (i.e., go against nature's usual course).
- Nature's laws are super well established.
- Therefore, miracles are maximally improbable.
- Therefore, disbelieve miracle reports.
See the question-begging?
- “Question-begging fallacy, God’s Word, and Apologetics” (Apologia, October 22, 2009).
- “The Seeds of Their Own Destruction: David Hume's Fatally Flawed Arguments against Miracle Reports,” Christian Research Journal, Volume 30, Number 1 (January/February 2007): 30-38.